Hutchison’s new super post-panamax STS cranes hit productivity record in SOHAR

The terminal served three vessels in a recent two week period, managing an average Gross Crane Rate (GCR) of 38 moves per hour and a high of 52 moves per hour.
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Hutchison Ports SOHAR has achieved a significant productivity milestone using its new remote-controlled super post-panamax quayside gantry cranes.

The terminal served three vessels in a recent two week period, managing an average Gross Crane Rate (GCR) of 38 moves per hour and a high of 52 moves per hour.

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Productivity compared with earlier generation cranes is around 40% higher, the port operator said in a statement.

“The state-of-the-art automated systems we have, and the additional equipment fleet expected to arrive in third quarter of 2019, will further increase the terminal’s handling capacity,” said Anacin Kum, CEO of Hutchison Ports SOHAR. “This in turn will facilitate the growth of Oman’s trade through optimal utilisation of capacity and fast turnaround times.”

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Hutchison Ports SOHAR is a joint venture between Hutchison Ports, the Government of the Sultanate of Oman, Steinweg of the Netherlands and a number of well-established Omani investors.

Its Terminal C facility in SOHAR Port features 970m of quay with an 18m draft alongside. Equipment includes 11 quayside gantry cranes and 36 RTGs. Current annual capacity is around 1.6 million TEU.

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